Empire State Development Congratulates 11 New York Productions Nominated For 26 Oscar Awards

Seven Nominated Productions Participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program; Productions Generated More Than $83 Million in Spending; Created More Than 3,900 New Hires in New York State

January 22, 2019

Empire State Development (ESD) today congratulated 11 New York productions that received a total of 26 Oscar nominations for the 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2018 – seven of which participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program – have spent more than $83 million in New York and generated more than 3,900 new production jobs across the state. 

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The New York productions nominated for Oscars today exemplify the state’s thriving film industry, which contributes millions in investment and hundreds of thousands of jobs to our economy each year.”

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment across the state and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. In 2018, 203 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate more than 211,300 new hires and $3.8 billion in new spending for New York State.

This year, several New York-based companies distributed nominated films, including A24, Magnolia Pictures, National Geographic, The Cinema Guild and Field of Vision.

A list of the New York productions nominated at the 91st Annual Oscar Awards follows:

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk


Achievement in costume design nominees: 

Mary Poppins Returns*

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs*


Achievement in directing nominees:

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee


Best documentary short subject nominees: 

A Night at the Garden**


Achievement in film editing nominees:



Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:


Mary Poppins Returns*

If Beale Street Could Talk


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees:

The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns *

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs*

I’ll Fight, RBG**


Best motion picture of the year nominees:

BlacKkKlansman, Sean McKitrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers


Achievement in production design nominees: 

Mary Poppins Returns *


Best Documentary Feature nominees:

Free Solo**


Hale County This Morning, This Evening**


Achievement in sound editing nominees: 

A Quiet Place


Adapted screenplay nominees:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen*

BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

If Beale Street Could Talk, Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty


Original screenplay nominees:

First Reformed, Written by Paul Schrader

*Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program

**Did not participate in the New York State Tax Credit Program

About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.NYSFilm.com.   

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits, and other forms of financial assistance, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.



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